As I reached for a small square of cotton to wipe my face this morning, I was struck by the words on the box: '100 sided sealed cotton squares'.
Sided? I'd never heard the word used in this sense, but when I looked at the cotton in my hand, I saw that it had been sealed down two sides, presumably to stop the cotton falling apart as I used it.
I had a look at the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary®, which gives the the definition:
side vb sid*ed; sid*ing vt (1591) to furnish with sides or siding <~ a house> ~The dictionary on my computer says:
[ trans. ] provide with a side or sides; form the side of : the hills that side a long valley.I think it's a great use of this word, precise and succinct.
By the way, they're not squares, as I use the word, because they're 5cm by 4cm.